The Cape volleyball team just could not get on track as the Vikings fell to Delaware Military Academy 3-0 Nov. 2 in the opening round of the DIAA state tournament at Smyrna High School. The Vikings fell 25-11, 25-16 and 25-15 for just their sixth loss of the season and the third first-round DIAA tourney loss in as many years.
“We knew going into the match that DMA was going to be a tough team, coming in as the two-time state champions,” said Cape coach Tyler Coupe. “DMA played a poised and composed game that forced our girls out of system throughout the match. Early on, our serve-receive was inconsistent, but to the girls’ credit, they bounced back with that. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm.”
Senior captain Logan Shuttleworth had 13 assists, nine digs and three aces to lead the Vikings. Sophia Spinelli pounded six kills and had seven digs. Freshmen Emily Lamb and Katie Knarr bumped 12 and nine digs, respectively.
Delaware Military Academy’s Bryanna Garvey posted 10 kills and 13 digs. Carrie Fitzgerald bumped 16 digs, Alexis Conte assisted on 16 points, Jacqualine Shields knocked down 10 kills and Alison Banks posted 10 assists.
“I’m thankful for the three seniors’ [Maddy Holt, Spinelli and Shuttleworth] hard work over their career and in how they led this team,” Coupe said. “I’m excited we were able to get three freshmen playoff experience and look forward to watching them and the rest of the team grow in the future.”
The Lady Vikings end their season at 10-6.